In the Community to Serve
Montana-Dakota Utilities is in the community to serve. Beyond providing safe and reliable energy service, MDU seeks to meet the needs of our communities through financial and time resources. Our employees are the backbone of this commitment as they selflessly serve our friends and neighbors.
Montana-Dakota Utilities provides additional community resources through energy assistance programs, energy efficiency programs, and safety information.
Click below for more information on specific organizations we support.
Therapeutic Riding for Heart and Soul (TR 4 Heart and Soul)
MDU has been a proud sponsor of TR 4 Heart and Soul since 2019. Employees serve the organization through fundraising and volunteering at annual events (Blue Jeans and Black Tie Affair, Salsa Contest, and Holiday Parties).
Learn more about TR 4 Heart and Soul by clicking here.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink
Employees at our MDU Rapid City office have participated in Tough Enough to Wear Pink since 2016 and has conducted a donation match for the local John T Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute through Monument Health.
Learn more about Tough Enough to Wear Pink by clicking here.
United Way Day of Caring
Learn more about United Way of the Black Hills by clicking here.
Learn more about the Club for Boys by clicking here.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck by clicking here.
Mandan Youth Wrestling Club
Montana-Dakota Utilities Field Operations Supervisor, Ben Zachmeier, has been a volunteer coach with the Mandan Wrestling Club since 2016 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.
MDU is proud to sponsor the Mandan Wrestling Club with resources for tournaments.
Learn more about the Mandan Wrestling Club by clicking here.
Pink It Forward
Pink It Forward is a non-profit that MDU Safety & technical Training Supervisor, RueAnn Gallagher, and 3 of her family members started 9 years ago to send care packages (free of charge) to those going through treatments or surgeries related to breast cancer. The Gallagher family has dealt with breast cancer first-hand and they wanted to give back to those going through the same things they had been through.
MDU is a hole sponsor at the Pink It Forward Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Event when the event is held.
MDU also supports Pink It Forward through employees volunteering their time to help out at other events, such as Designer Purse Bingo, and helping with printing projects.
Learn more about Pink It Forward and how to get involved by clicking here.
Abused Adult Resource Center | Hope for the Holiday Campaign
MDU Customer Systems Manager, Sonya Wald, has served as leader/coordinator of the campaign since 2013. Sonya has been able to grow this program and MDU’s involvement each year with 2021 being the largest year so far. MDU/MDUR had 41 departments across the organization participate; sponsoring 67 families consisting of 162 individual people.
Learn more about the Abused Adult Resource Center and the Hope for the Holiday Campaign by clicking here.
Elevate Rapid City
MDU has been a sponsor of Elevate Rapid City since 2019. MDU Region Director, Brandon Lance, serves on the Executive Board of Directors and has done so since 2020.
Learn more about Elevate Rapid City by clicking here.
Western ND Honor Flight
MDU is a direct supporter of Western ND Honor Flight through printing services and employee volunteers.
Learn more about Western ND Honor Flight by clicking here.
Touch a Truck | Mandan
Each year, MDU provides a utility truck for this event so kids young and old can learn more about the energy industry, and what it takes to keep energy delivery safe and reliable.
Learn more about Touch a Truck Mandan by clicking here.
Mondak Animal Rescue
- Prevention of cruelty to animals.
- Reduction of animal overpopulation through the prevention of unwanted births.
- Promotion of an aggressive adoption program which will seek suitable homes for animals without owners.
- Extension of humane education for the public.
MDU supports Mondak Animal Rescue through employee volunteers at annual events including supplying the company grill at all outdoor events.
MDU Senior Energy Services Representative, Lisa Patton, serves on the Board of Directors for Mondak Animal Rescue.
To learn more about Mondak Animal Rescue click here.
Our corporate headquarters, MDU Resources Group, is committed to supporting the communities in which its businesses operate. The corporation believes its success is directly related to a healthy social and economic environment. Through the MDU Resources Foundation, the corporation can share its success and help its neighbors make the communities better places to live and work. The foundation was incorporated in 1983. MDU Resources is proud of its record of supporting qualified organizations and is hopeful the foundation’s efforts will continue to have a positive impact.For more information regarding the MDU Resources Foundation, contact Rita O’Neill at MDU Resources.
Environmental Community Opportunity (ECO) Fund
Environmental stewardship is a part of Montana-Dakota’s mission and daily life and our commitment to the communities we serve is taken seriously. As part of our continued environmental commitment, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. has established the ECO Fund to support projects that enhance environmental education and stewardship in the communities we serve.
Environmental education projects may include grants for teacher training, books or equipment for classroom use, field trips or special project support in the natural or physical sciences.
Community environmental stewardship projects may include such things as nature trail development, wildlife area enhancement, recycling and community cleanup promotion, or the development of “living laboratories” for the use of students and the general public.
Some limitations apply. See the ECO Fund Brochure for details of the program and the ECO Fund Grant Application Form.
2022 ECO Grant Awardees
More than 60 students representing 10 North Dakota schools participated in the 22nd annual ND Envirothon in early May at Crystal Springs Camp near Jamestown, North Dakota.
The event was funded in part by an Environmental Community Opportunity grant from Montana-Dakota Utilities.
Students completed four trail tests in the areas of wildlife, aquatics, prairie/forestry, and soils. The top three teams competed in the final round of presentations in front of a panel of five judges and other teams, advisors, and volunteers.
Students also heard two presentations from Kathy Froelich, a Sahnish Elder who talked about wild plants, the importance of knowing your cultural background and nature.